West Kent Mentoring - 1.5 The Lodge 

The Lodge's Role

 

 

Lodge's Role - West Kent Mentoring Inverted Pyramid Structure

 

  

 

The essence of an effective Mentoring scheme is the one-to-one relationship between the Mentor and the new member and it is vital that the Lodge chooses the right man for the job. This is done best in Lodges where a Mentoring Co-ordinator has been appointed.

 

 

The Lodge Mentoring Co-ordinator (simply known as the Lodge Mentor) has essentially an organisational and support role for the individual Personal Mentors. He is responsible for the operation of the scheme once the Lodge has agreed its adoption. He should select and recommend the Personal Mentor and ensure that he fully understands his responsibility and is trained in what needs to be done.

 

To help him select the best Personal Mentor he should meet the candidate before his Initiation and hopefully the Personal Mentor selected should also meet the Candidate prior to the evening of initiation.

 

In short the role of the Lodge is to:

 

  1. Implement the Mentoring Scheme in their Lodge.

 

  1. Appoint a Mentor who: 

     

    • may customise Provincial literature and information for the Lodge

     

     

     

    • ensures applicants receive a fitting introduction to Masonry
    • helps each Mason find a suitable Personal Mentor (or "masonic friend" in the first stages)
    • tracks progress of System in Lodge
    • liaises with Assistant Group Mentor & Group Mentor
    • provides written reports as appropriate

     

     

    • is willing to take on the role for a number of years

 

  1. Identify Masonic coaches/friends/mentors who:

     

    • encourage Masonic awareness in each charge using provided materials and their own experience
    • know where to turn when they reach the limit of their own experience

 

A good Mentor will have a pool of Personal Mentors whom he will have briefed and trained in anticipation of an applicant for Freemasonry. He will also arrange for the Entered Apprentices or Fellow Craftsmen to be coached while they are out of the Lodge Room during a higher degree ceremony. This is often a good time for the new mason to meet his fellows and have an open discussion about Freemasonry perhaps around a theme. 

 

 

For further information on the appointment of a Mentor see - Part 2 - Mentors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Kent Mentoring - Part 1.6 - The Province's Role